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Poster: gestroud Date: Feb 28, 2009 3:11am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Two Possible Lists of Public Domain Movies

I don't know if this has been posted before, but I recently came across two lists of films supposedly in the Public Domain.

Internet Movie Database Listing: http://www.imdb.com/keyword/public-domain/

Wikipedia Listing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Public_domain_films

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Poster: ThePhotoplayer Date: Feb 28, 2009 10:23pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Two Possible Lists of Public Domain Movies

I wouldn't use either list as a be-all-end-all. For example, IMDb lists THE GORGON as being PD, and it's not.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Mar 1, 2009 3:38am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Two Possible Lists of Public Domain Movies

The imdb Public Domain list also lists movies that are famous for having been "rescued" from the public domain, films that are famously for being mistaken for being public domain and films that are associated with the public domain that aren't PD (low budget sci-fi, horror and exploitation films). They are treating "public domain" as a descriptive term like "scary", "romantic" or "b-grade".

And the wikipedia has had much discussion as it doesn't reflect where the films are public domain, as copyright laws are not uniform. Some countries, like Canada, don't have the rule of the shorter term. So it is possible that a US PD film less than 50 years old is not PD in Canada. There is much discussion on the discussion page for that Wikipedia list.